You guys have an incredibly inspired blogger, so prepare for the next few posts to just breathe life and positivity into you. Refer to the post on Monday for why.
A resounding theme at Success School was to work on personal development. I have always been a fan of this concept, but it was a great reminder to actually spend time doing it and they suggested several books that I cannot wait to dive into. Writing this reminds me to order them and dig in. 🙂
Today, I want to talk about a metaphor that one of the speakers used. She told the story about going on a African safari. She noticed that the Jeep did not go anywhere near the elephants. When she asked why the guide told her that the trunk of an elephant is strong enough to toss the Jeep like a toy. They couldn’t chance the pride becoming spooked because they would charge to protect their young.
Next, she talked about elephants in captivation. The ones that we see at the zoo, the ones that we see in the circus, and the ones we see being used as a mode of transportation. Why are these powerful creatures so easy to keep in captivation held by their handler’s thin rope or a small stake in the ground?
It is because when they were young, they would struggle against the stake and try to break free but they were too weak. Eventually overtime, they stopped trying. They grow into one of the most powerful animals on the planet, but they have learned that they cannot free themselves from the rope and so they no longer try.
This is a common metaphor that has been used countless times before, but it spoke to me. What are we holding ourselves back from? What are we afraid to try? Where do these negative thoughts come from?
Example: Just because you attempted to live a healthier lifestyle in the past and failed, is that what is stopping you? Because you failed a couple times? What????? No, you CAN do this. I’m telling you that you can and I can help you!
Do you hate your job and want to switch careers? Or start your own business? But you are chained to your job because people are telling you that you can’t or you are too old or it’s going to be too hard? You started believing these statements and so you stay. Guess what, it is going to be hard. It’s not easy. It’s going to take resilience. You can decide to stay chained or you can take action to break free.
A great personal example for me is BalancedAmes. Many people have said, what’s the point of blogging? What are you hoping to get out of this? How do you have time to do that? Or, they tease me about a post. And, you should hear how many times people pun the word balance (okay, I actually think this one is pretty funny).
BUT, I have a huge passion for bringing positivity and health + fitness to people. If there are just a few people that start eating healthier or working out more, or if the post makes you smile or it changes your mindset for the day…it is ALL worth it. This is a passion project and I’m not going to be thrown off course by the comments of few negative Nancys.
I also have had to grow personally and do things that are out of my comfort zone. When my blog was brand-new and I had to ask people that I respected if I could interview them, it made me nervous! Part of my head what say, why would they want to do this? But the other part of me would always say, what do I have to lose? I will never know if I don’t try. 🙂 If you are scared of getting “no” as an answer, you aren’t pushing yourself. Even the most successful people are going to be told no, the difference is they are just not going to give up when they hear it.
I hope this blog post speaks to you in some way! Today, don’t let yourself be the elephant held in place by the small rope. Don’t let what other people say hold you back from what you want in your life. Get out of your own way and go get what you want 🙂